Prospective Client Information
Many people who are arrested for a Tennessee DUI offense, another criminal offense or given a Tennessee traffic citation (ticket) find themselves experiencing the Tennessee criminal justice system for the first time. Even those who have some limited experience with the Tennessee criminal court or traffic court system may be overwhelmed with the legal and/or procedural complexities involved. The Oberman & Rice law firm is dedicated to helping our clients understand the crime with which they have been charged, whether it is a Tennessee Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI) charge or a Tennessee speeding ticket, as well as what to expect at each stage of the Tennessee criminal process.
Hire a Tennessee Attorney Immediately
After your arrest or citation, the most important thing you can do is consult with and hire an attorney as soon as possible. If you wait to hire a Tennessee DUI lawyer/Tennessee criminal defense lawyer, you take the risk of losing evidence that may be critical to the defense of your case or missing deadlines that are important to your defense. To properly preserve the defenses in your case, your attorney must conduct a thorough interview of you as soon as possible after your Tennessee arrest. Some think it best to wait until after their arraignment in court before hiring a lawyer. This is a common mistake which can result in serious consequences. One main purpose of an arraignment in Tennessee after arrest on a warrant is to schedule a new court date for a preliminary hearing of your case in the General Sessions Court. Accordingly, the presence of your attorney at the arraignment is essential to ensure that your Tennessee lawyer is available on your scheduled Tennessee General Sessions court date.
Call The Oberman & Rice Law Firm to Schedule an Appointment
Contact Mr. Oberman and Ms. Compher-Rice at their Knoxville, Tennessee office by calling us at (865) 249-7200. Our attorneys are available to respond to your calls 24 hours a day. If calling after business hours you may leave a message or if an emergency arises (e.g. a friend or relative has been arrested in the last 24 hours and is still in jail) you may leave a message in a special emergency voice-mailbox and Steve or Sara will respond to you promptly.
When you contact us, it will be helpful to have the following information readily available:
- List of Tennessee offenses with which you have been charged (e.g. Driving Under the Influence, Implied Consent Violation, Reckless Driving, Speeding, etc.);
- Date of Tennessee arrest or traffic citation;
- Tennessee county of arrest or citation;
- Arresting or citing law enforcement agency (e.g. Knoxville Police Department; Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol);
- Date and time of next scheduled court date and whether this Tennessee court appearance is for General Sessions Court, a Tennessee Criminal Court, a Tennessee City or Municipal Court, or for a scheduled Tennessee booking (fingerprinted, photographed, etc.); and
- Name of arresting Tennessee law enforcement officer, if known.
Note: If any (or all) of this information is not available to you, do not wait to contact our office. Although this information is helpful to Steve and Sara, it is more important to schedule your consultation immediately.